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  1. Interview Rory Girvan

  2. Feature Juan of the Dead

Cuba's first independent film since Castro came to power had its UK premiere… (Read more...)

Interview The Muppets

They’re baaaaack and variety has never been so Velcro’d... John Mosby meets The Muppets

It isn’t easy being green, or so we’re told, but Kermit the frog seems to be doing fine. He’s holding court at a rather swankier pad then the usual ‘lily’ variety, a top-notch London hotel where he’s in town (with porcine paramour, Miss Piggy) to promote the release of his latest film, handily entitled The Muppets.

Amazingly, it’s been over a decade since the last official Muppet movie and yet the velcro’d variety team are as fondly remembered as ever. More than one generation grew up on the Muppets – either through the famous TV show or the various films…

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DVD Review The British Guide to Showing Off testtesttestteststar

UK 2012. Cert 15. 97 mins. Dir: Jes Benstock. Cast: Brian Eno, Andrew Logan, Richard O’Brien, Grayson Perry, Zandra Rhodes

Following the life and loves of exuberant sculptor and artist Andrew Logan, The British Guide to Showing Off is no ordinary biographical documentary. Through a montage of archive footage, animations, photographs and interviews with friends and former participants, itcharts Logan’s early life and career to consider how these experiences influenced his creation of the “socially revolutionary” Alternative Miss World competition.

The AMV, as it is more commonly known, is a subcultural beauty pageant that celebrates non-conformity, self-expression and all things eccentric, and is nowadays renowned the world over as a quintessentially British tradition. Logan believes “there is a strain in…

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Interview Antonio Banderas

John Mosby meets the Spanish actor who with his new film Puss In Boots is certainly feline groovy (sorry)

There’s little doubt that Antonio Banderas is one of the members of that elite testosterone-fuelled movie club in which women want to be with him and men want to go out for a drink with him. The Spanish actor made his breakthrough in such international action-outings such as Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Assassins but has branched out into diverse projects such as the Spy Kids franchise and much darker material such as The Skin I Live In.

Puss in Boots sees him planted, once again, in family viewing terrain. Puss in Boots was the scene-stealing character…

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News Leeds International Film Festival Announces Award Winners

Audience favourites and more announced as the festival draws to a close

The award winners of the 25th Leeds International Film Festival have today been announced. LIFF, which has been pronounced eligible to enter the Academy Awards process of the 2013 Oscars, declared the winners of the 10 sought-after awards at the close of this year’s festival.

THE GOLDEN OWL AWARD in Official Selection was presented to 22nd May, directed by Koen Mortier. The Golden Owl jury, made up of Laurence Boyce, Renata Clark and Tony Jones, believes the film deserves a chance at UK distribution. The jury said: “The film is a powerful and evocative tale of guilt and…

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Film Review Take Shelter testtesttesttesttest

Dir. Jeff Nichols, USA, 2011

At the centre of Take Shelter is the story of a man trying desperately to protect his family from a perceived meteorological threat and from the symptoms of his own emerging mental illness. After a series of apocalyptic dreams, father and husband Curtis LaForche becomes convinced of the prophecy of these supernatural visions and resigns himself to renovating a tornado shelter in his back yard.

As Curtis starts to make rash financial and personal decisions to achieve this end, his wife Samantha and young daughter Hannah begin to witness a personal storm which envelopes the man they love, trust and…

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Interview Lisa Brook and Martin Grund, Leeds International Film Festival

We speak to the Fanomenon programming team at Leeds International Film Festival

What does the Fanomenon part of the film festival cover?

Martin: It covers many genres like sci-fi, fantasy, horror, action and includes a lot of Far Eastern films including manga and anime.

 

Are there any films you’re particularly excited about?

Lisa: There’s the UK premiere of Juan of the Dead, Cuba’s first horror movie that will be closing Day of the Dead 5. It’s quite an important film in terms of Cuba reaching out to the film world a bit more as the country has been somewhat isolated film-wise, so we’re really happy to be supporting it. It actually…

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Interview Harry Potter Star Matthew Lewis

Leeds' own Hollywood film star tells us of his love for the city and speaks about his role as Neville Longbottom in the mega-successful Harry Potter films

"There’s just something about it, whether it’s my group of friends, I don’t really know, but I just don’t really want to move away, and I don’t have a reason to anyway. I just don’t want to. Leeds is where I want to be."

We are chatting with Matthew Lewis in Leeds bar The Reliance before the release of the final film in the Harry Potter franchise – The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 – which marks a significant moment in the young actor’s career and, frankly, in his life. It’s a real case of man and boy: Lewis was…

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Interview James McAvoy

New X-Men movie First Class makes a drama out of a (missile) crisis, but actor James McAvoy tells us that it’s all a superhero state of mind…

Sir Patrick Stewart is always a hard act to follow, but James McAvoy, now a respected actor in his own right, wasn’t too daunted when picked to portray the young Charles Xavier for this month’s X-Men: First Class. In this prequel to the original films helmed by Bryan Singer, Matthew (Kick-Ass) Vaughan takes the directing reins, telling the tale of how Xavier and fellow mutant Erik Leschnerr (aka Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender) first met, helped bring together a team of mutant superheroes and then became deadly enemies. Set in the 1960s against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis,…

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